Although it offers tons of benefits, the internet also seems to have as many snags as well. It’s useful, but it can also be a great source of frustration for people who end up becoming a victim of spam, malware and even social media posts that could raise one’s blood pressure levels. Fortunately, there are some simple tricks that you can do to turn the online odds in your favour and improve your internet surfing experience.
- Mute Annoying Pages on Social Media
Tired of seeing the cheesy posts or tweets of a friend, but can’t seem to block or unfollow her on your social media accounts? Then try using some ‘soft’ blocking techniques on both your Twitter and Facebook accounts. To soft block on Twitter, simply click the cogwheel on the right corner of a person’s tweet and click the ‘mute’ button on the drop down menu. In Facebook, click the drop down menu found on the top right corner of your friend’s post and select the ‘unfollow’ button.
- Learn Keyboard Shortcuts
Perhaps most of us already know the uses of Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V. But what about the other clever keyboard shortcuts that you can use to make your web surfing easier and simpler? Well, here are a few:
- Ctrl + Enter – puts “www” and “.com” on anything that you type in the address bar.
- Ctrl + Shift + R – clears the cache and restarts the page you’re currently on.
- Ctrl + Tab – quickly transfers to the next tab on your window.
- Practise Private Browsing
Browsing the internet without leaving any trace of what you’re doing is quite easy. Every internet browser allows private browsing, which prevents the gadget being used from recording your search history. On Google Chrome, you can simply enable this feature by clicking on the menu bar at the top right corner of the page. From the menu, click the New Incognito Window option, and you’re now ready to browse privately. For easier private browsing, simply use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + N.
- Separate Your Router From Electronics
Another way to improve your web surfing experience is to place your internet routers in the right location. Putting your routers right next to other electronics can affect the performance of your Wi-Fi. To keep that from happening, place your router far from televisions, speakers, DVD players and Bluetooth devices. This will automatically improve your internet connection without taking more steps.
Improving your internet experience isn’t as difficult as you imagine it to be. Simply putting the above tips to work is already enough to make your web surfing more worthwhile.